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Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Michel Chikwanine is a long way from where he grew up in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not from the memories of war. They haunt him every night — ever since he was captured by rebels in the city of Beni at the age of five. Chikwanine’s father had an imposed an early-evening curfew, […]

Eritrean Child Soldier Now Swedish Parliamentarian

Eritrean Child Soldier Now Swedish Parliamentarian

When Eritrea formally declared its independence from Ethiopia on May 24, 1993, it marked the culmination of a more than 30-year-long struggle for freedom. Few understand the human toll of this conflict better than 62-year-old Arhe Hamednaca. He was just 15 years old when, in 1968, he became a child soldier, joining the Eritrean Liberation […]

Girls raped, boys abducted, towns torched: South Sudan

Girls raped, boys abducted, towns torched: South Sudan

Gunmen in South Sudan have raped girls, seized boys to become soldiers and torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting seen in the 17-month-long civil war, the United Nations has said. Over 300,000 civilians have been left without “life-saving aid” in the northern battleground state of Unity, after the UN and aid agencies pulled […]

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